Compare Relafen vs. Voltaren

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Relafen
(nabumetone)

Cambia
(diclofenac)

Coming soon.Relieves pain and inflammation. Cambia (diclofenac) works well for pain and is available in many different forms. If you have a history of heart problems or stomach bleeds, it may not be the best choice.
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Have you used Relafen (nabumetone)?
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Reviews for Voltaren
81%
-48% worse vs. Relafen
76%
-43% worse vs. Relafen
5%
+5% better vs. Relafen
Have you used Cambia (diclofenac)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
RelafenVoltaren

We haven’t found good data for Relafen side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Relafen »
  • Swelling 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Itching 1%
  • Gas 1%
  • Pain in limbs 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Voltaren side effects »
How it works
RelafenVoltaren
Coming soon.Cambia (diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which relieves pain by reducing the inflammation in your body.
Type of medication
RelafenVoltaren
Prescription only
Available as
RelafenVoltaren
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
RelafenVoltaren
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
RelafenVoltaren
    Coming soon.
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking Cambia (diclofenac) for a long period of time
    • History of stomach bleeding
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
    Detailed Cambia (diclofenac) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    RelafenVoltaren
    No food related info.
    • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
    RelafenVoltaren
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Cambia (diclofenac) can damage your kidneys. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Cambia (diclofenac).
    • Can affect how your kidneys work.
    • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage.
    Pain
    RelafenVoltaren
    No pain related info.
    • Cambia (diclofenac) can cause stomach bleeding which can be dangerous. If you notice blood in your vomit or your stool has bright red blood or looks like black coffee grounds, or if you have pain in your stomach that doesn't go away, talk to your doctor right away.
    • Works well to relieve muscle ache and pain caused by inflammation.
    • May need to be taken two or three-times daily for maximum pain relief.
    Upsides and benefits
    RelafenVoltaren
    Coming soon
    • Works well to relieve muscle ache and pain caused by inflammation.
    • Minimal risk for addiction unlike narcotics.
    • Available in gel or powder packets if you have difficulty taking the pill.
    • Most forms are available as generic.
    Downsides and risks
    RelafenVoltaren
    Coming soon
    • Not for chronic, daily use because of increased side-effects.
    • May need to be taken two or three-times daily for maximum pain relief.
    • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding.
    • Can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
    • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RelafenVoltaren
    Coming soon
    • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
    • Can cause stomach ulcers especially if you've had ulcers before.
    • Can thin your blood. Avoid taking this with other blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin unless your doctor says it's safe.
    • Don't use if you've recently had open heart surgery.
    • Can affect how your kidneys work.
    • Talk to your doctor if you're having trouble taking this medicine. It's available in other forms (gel, delayed-release pill, extended-release pill) that may have less side-effects.
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    Have you used Cambia (diclofenac)?
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